At a Glance


How was the TV-viewing world introduced to the events of 9/11 in the U.S. and around the world?

The Internet Archive

Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive

Photo, That Fateful Day, cayusa, Flickr

There are countless websites which catalog web activities related to the spread of information on 9/11. However, film is another way to approach research on the day. At what time did news of 9/11 break in China? Japan? Iraq? Russia? How did news coverage vary from one U.S. news station to another?

This archive contains television coverage arranged in visual timelines by day and channel. This format allows users to easily compare the information being aired at the same time by NBC, FOX, BBC World, and Japan's NHK—to name just a handful. Additionally, the timeline permits educators to find clips broadcast at specific times between 9/11 and the 17th of September.

The website also includes 10 talks given at a scholarly conference about the implications of film archives in historical research.

Note that foreign news channels have not been subtitled.